One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lizard that is typically marked with spots and bands and has a distinctive black-and-white collar. It is found in dry rocky areas in the southern US and Mexico.
Crotaphytus collaris, family Iguanidae
- ‘These hot and dry rocky slopes support scorpions, tarantulas, collared lizards, pygmy rattlesnakes, roadrunners, and prickly pear cacti.’
- ‘See the changes in temperature in different parts of a collared lizard's body as its metabolism speeds up, or watch as the back of an eagle which has just landed cools down after being heated by the sun.’
- ‘Though Joshua Tree may look devoid of wildlife, even a short walk out in the desert will quickly reveal a myriad of freshly dug holes, where pocket mice, collared lizards, rabbits, or desert tortoises have burrowed.’
- ‘We measured the asymmetry of five mensural and seven meristic characters of 175 collared lizards from north-central Oklahoma.’
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